Family members are often confused when a loved one dies and the death certificate shows sepsis as the cause of death. Actually sepsis is very common primarily among the elderly. It is in fact one of the leading causes of deaths in hospitals. Thousands and thousands of men and women die due to sepsis.
Sepsis starts as a result of an infection. Common sources of infections include open wounds, bed sores and urinary tract infections. Sources of infections such as those listed above are very common in elderly men and women in hospitals/nursing homes/rehabilitation facilities.
The crucial element for the survival of sepsis is early treatment. When the infection goes untreated it sepsis can worsen and as it does the patient’s chances of surviving are significantly reduced. Once the patient goes through septic shock the likelihood of survival drops to roughly fifty percent.
It is very important for people to be knowledgeable about the risks from infections and to talk to their physician in the event they notice symptoms or have any health related issues.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.